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higher wages mean lost jobs? race to the rescue. a daring good samaritan saves a little girl's life. and just perfect. chicago's mark buehrle pitches the 18th perfect game in major league history and catches the attention of the first fan. >> that's one of the privileges of presidency. you can call up a guy after he pitches a perfect game. captioning funded by cbs good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm michelle guillen. members of michael jackson's family say there was something suspicious about his death, and apparently law enforcement officials agree. court documents now confirm a manslaughter investigation is under way, and police are looking for evidence in the office of jackson's personal doctor. manuel gal gas has details. >> reporter: a search warrant reveals the doctor who was with
michael jackson when he died is the target of a manslaughter investigation. >> we executed search warrants at the armstrong medical clinic. >> reporter: wednesday police raided dr. conrad murray's houston clinic. the search order shows police were looking for evidence of whether murray conducted manslaughter. they cared yid out tablets of a weight loss drug along with a computer and two hard drives. they executed a second warrant at a storage unit murray rented. at jackson's rented l.a. mansion, investigators found the powerful anesthetic diprivan. a source tells cbs news the search of the doctor's office was based on a preliminary autopsy finding that points to diprivan as the possible cause of jackson's death. dr. murray has not specifically denied giving jackson the drug, but the cardiologist says he did nothing that should have led to the singer's death. >> i'm not under investigation. i knew they were coming. >> reporter: police also interviewed jackson's former nurse. she says the pop star begged her
for diprivan. >> he really suffered from a really bad case of insomnia and was told that this medication, diprivan, would really help him to sleep. >> reporter: the coroner won't officially rule on the cause of jackson's death until toxicology reports come back. that may be next week. cbs news, los angeles. this morning the fbi is investigating the shooting death of a border patrol agent in california. the agent was fatally wound the last night about 100 yards from the mexican border. the gunman ran across the border into mexico. it's not known if the agent was on duty at the time. also this morning, maryland officials are investigating a fatal helicopter crash. the chopper crashed in western maryland late last night. all four people on board were killed. the chopper came down on interstate 70 and burst into flames. no vehicles on the road were hit. visibility was limited at the time, but it's not clear if weather played a role. on the "cbs money watch" asian markets rose this morning,
and minimum wage earners get a raise this morning. >> good morning to you, michelle. asian markets did end the week in the green. confidence is improving thanks to better economic data and earnings. japan's benchmark nikkei soared 1.5%. hong kong stocks jumped nearly 1%. the big question is can the party continue on wall street today? news that home resales have risen for three straight months was enough to send the dow storming to its first close above 9000 since january. the dow jones industrial average starts the day up 188 points at 9069. the tech heavy nasdaq has risen for 12 straight days and begins the day higher by 47. the dow has now rallied back 38% from its 12-year closing low hit back on march 9th. but soft pc sales sent microsoft profits down 29% last quarter, and that could drag down the market today. the latest consumer sentiment
numbers are due out shortly after the start of trading. millions of americans get a pay raise today. the minimum wage goes from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. that's an 11% hike. the government says the increase will generate an extra $5.5 billion in consumer spending over the next year. the raise will impact workers in 30 states where the state minimum wage is below the federal level or where there is no state minimum wage. economists say the federal wage increase could prolong the recession by forcing small businesses to lay off workers or cut their hours, and that could further fuel the economic sump in states seeing double digit unemployment rates. michelle? >> claire leka here in new york. claire, thanks. president obama's healthcare reform deadline is dead. the president wanted congress to pass legislation by next month. senate leaders balked. the president says he's okay with that. joel brown reports. >> reporter: president obama is trying to rebuild the momentum
for healthcare reform. >> hello, everybody. >> reporter: at a town hall meeting in ohio, he admitted it won't happen as fast as he wants it to. >> we may not be able to get the bill out of the senate by the end of august or the beginning of august. that's okay. i just want people to keep on working. >> reporter: while lawmakers worked in washington -- >> i want to promise you this, ohio. >> reporter: -- the president worked the crowd in ohio, hoping to win back the growing number of americans skeptical about his healthcare overhaul plan. >> as badly as i think it's necessary, i won't sign it if that reform adds even one dime to our deficit over the next decade, and i mean what i say. >> reporter: the white house wanted congress to pass a healthcare bill before its august recess. that's growing less likely by the day. the senate's top democrat announced the president's deadline simply can't be met. >> it's better to have a product that is one that's based on quality and thoughtfulness rather than trying to jam
something through. >> reporter: while the senate aims to return to healthcare in the fall, conservative democrats have joined republicans in trying to slow legislation in the house that they believe will hike taxes too much without bringing costs down enough. >> that's the debate that's been taking place. >> reporter: president obama had no choice but to change his deadline. what he's trying to hold on to now is the political will to get healthcare reform done. joel brown, cbs news, the white house. if you drive an old gas guzzler, listen up. today could be your day. the incentive program offering rebates to buy cars that are more fuel-efficient vehicles takes effect. susan roberts is here with more on the cash for clunkers program. >> reporter: good morning to you. if you're looking to get rid of one of the old, inefficient cars, the government may just have the deal for you. already some environmentalists are lining up against this because the bill takes functioning cars off the road
before their time is up. dealerships nationwide hopes the government's cash for clunkers program will bring in much needed new business. >> we expect a lot of demand from consumers out there now that have just been waiting. >> reporter: congress' $1 billion initiative is designed to jump start sagging auto sales while also promoting a greener environment. consumers can get up to $4,500 off the purchase or lease of a new fuel-efficient vehicle when they trade in their old gas guzzler. the government will post more details on the website, cars.gov. >> if i can get a car that's better on the environment and get money to put down on it, who wouldn't go for that? >> reporter: critics say the program will only generate about $250,000 in sales. consumers have until november 1st to take advantage of the deal or until federal funds run out. >> it's a great opportunity for people who have cars that qualify. >> reporter: meeting all of those qualifications can be
tricky. the vehicle must have an epa gas mileage rating of 18 miles a gallon or less. the car has to be less than 25 years old, in drivable condition, and registered and insured by the same owner for a full year before trade-in. for those consumers who don't qualify, chrysler is throwing in its own incentives. the automaker is extending the $4,500 rebate. that means some chrysler buyers could drive off the lot with a savings of up to $9,000. similar programs worldwide have raised auto sales 25% to 40% in germany, 15% in china, and 8% in france. michelle? >> looking forward to seeing what it does here. susan roberts in washington. susan, thanks. have a great weekend. just ahead on the morning news, new reaction to last week's arrest of henry louis gates jr. plus a quick thinking good samaritan steps in to save a young child.
when i pulled her out of the car, i dragged her into my car. she said, oh, that was really scary. and i was thinking, you have no idea. >> a fiery rescue on a los angeles area freeway caught on video. an suv rolled over and caught fire wednesday. three people inside managed to escape. but a 3-year-old girl was trapped inside. passing motorist john mcdonald stopped to help and plucked her from the car. later he downplayed his heroism. >> it's kind of embarrassing. the attention is nice, but it's obviously not why anybody does this. it could have been a lot worse, obviously, for both of us. >> mcdonald said he was pretty shaken up after the rescue. he and the girl were treated for minor injuries. now to the still simmering racial debate over last week's arrest over harvard scholar henry louis gates jr. at his home in cambridge, massachusetts. the cambridge police department is supporting the sergeant who made the arrest.
hari sreenivasan reports. >> reporter: the cambridge, massachusetts police commissioner is standing by the sergeant who arrested a respected harvard professor. >> i believe that sergeant crowley acted in a way that is consistent with his training in the department and consistent with national standards of law enforcement protocol. i do not believe his actions in any way were racially motivated. >> reporter: cambridge police showed up at professor henry louis gates jr.'s home last week, responding to a report of two african-american men trying to force open the front door. according to the police report, gates was already inside and angry at officers after he identified himself. >> what it made me realize was how vulnerable all black men are, how vulnerable all people of color are and all poor people to capricious forces like a rogue policeman. and this man clearly was a rogue policeman. >> the apology won't come from me. i've done nothing wrong. >> reporter: sergeant james crowley, an expert in racial profiling, who was taught a
course on the subject at the police academy for five years, arrested gates for disorderly conduct. >> a lot of yelling. there was references to my mother. >> reporter: the charges against gates were later dropped, and president obama weighed in on his friend's arrest during a primetime news conference. >> the cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. >> i support the president of the united states 110%. i think he's way off base wading into a local issue without knowing all the facts that he himself stated before he made that comment. so, again, i don't know what to say about that. i would -- i guess a friend of mine would support my position too. >> reporter: the police commissioner says the department regrets what happened and is launching an independent panel to review the entire incident. hari sreenivasan, cbs news. straight ahead, your friday morning weather. and in sports, how good was white sox pitcher mark buehrle?
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scattered, rather, over the northea northeast, and most of the southwest is looking at cloudy skies. later today, scattered storms will be rumbling across the midwest and deep south. it will be another hot and sticky day in the southwest. the new england coastline will see a soaking rain. in sports, it's happened just 17 times in major league baseball history going back to 1880, a perfect game. yesterday chicago white sox left-hander mark buehrle made it 18. buehrle prevented the tampa bay rays from putting even one runner on base. the game started out as a slug fest, not a pitching master piece, as sox third baseman josh fields hit a grand slam in the second inning. then buehrle settled in, retiring ray after ray and getting help from his defense, sox centerfielder dwayne wise made a great catch in the ninth to keep the game a perfect one. and then buehrle finished it off, getting a groundout in the ninth to set off the celebration. buehrle says he managed to stay cool right to the end.
>> i went to my locker. a.j. came in after the eighth inning and said one more, one more. i'm not the guy where you can't say anything to me or not talk to me. >> and after a last wave to the fans in the stands, buehrle got a call from the first fan. >> i told him that he had to buy a big steak dinner for that centerfielder wise because he saved that perfect game. what's more exciting? that or the dow going over 9000. i said, i promise you, a perfect game, that's big. >> a perfect game in baseball doesn't get much better than pitching perfection. and the final score, chicago white sox 5, tampa bay rays 0. when we return, an update from afghanistan on a political milestone. and celebrity good will. actress angelina jolie visits u.s. troops in iraq. when morning comes in the middle of the night,
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on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. strong storms will be developing in the midwest, while it remain hot and dry in the northwest. d.c. and the south will see storms. here's another look at this morning's top stories. the federal minimum wage hike goes into effect today. the wage increases to $7.25 an hour. some economists say that could force business owners to lay off workers. and four people were killed when a commercial helicopter crashed in western maryland last night. the chopper went down on an interstate highway and burst into flames. no one on the ground was injured. the u.s. military death toll for the war in afghanistan reached 35 this month. that's the deadliest month since the u.s. invasion in 2001. meantime, there was historic political debate last night
mandy clark reports. >> reporter: like millions of afghans, this family watched the presidential debate. the plan was to have the incumbent hamid karzai take on his two main rivals. just 24 hours before air, he pulled out, saying he didn't have enough time to prepare. it's an excuse this man doesn't buy. >> he would not be able to actually defend his activities. that's why he didn't appear for the debate. >> reporter: instead, karzai's two closest rivals, a former top world bank official and karzai's former foreign minister abdullah abdullah sucked up two hours of television. they pointed to casualties as a major reason to opposition to foreign forces. despite the criticism, president obama's special envoy to the region, richard holbrook, said the american presence is important, highlighting the ongoing operation in helmand. >> this election will take place on schedule, and helmand will be
able to participate thanks to this offensive that general nicholson and his colleagues are directing. >> reporter: karzai has been accused of running a lackluster campaign but is still widely expected to finish first. his no show on the debate may not have hurt his chances. the fazli family is split on who they're voting for. >> president karzai. >> reporter: whether the debate will have the same impact as american ones do on its voters is unclear. afghan's democracy is still very much an experiment. mandy clark, cbs news, kabul. actress angelina jolie made a trip to iraq. jolie, a u.n. good will ambassador, visited a camp for displaced people near baghdad yesterday and posed for pictures with u.s. troops. jolie said there was progress getting iraqis back to their homes but that more needs to be done.
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moment. first over to the weather center say our first good morning to meteorologist tim williams on this friday. >> good morning, everyone. definitely a very muggy and humid day out there starting off even though the sun hasn't come out. first warning doppler radar. pretty clear. last night you know storms rolled through here from about 10:30 until about 1 is o'clock in the morning -- 1:00 in the morning kind of going west to east in the state. what we are left with is the moisture from the storm. very muggy. we will get up today to temperatures around 85 degrees. your complete first warning update. we are following breaking news. deadly crash. a helicopter crashes onto a western maryland highway and burst into flames this morning, the latest into the investigation into what happened and traffic concerns on i-70. james becker is a far different young man today than before he nearly drowned in a pool three years ago. his family has now filed a $40 million lawsuit. i am mike hellgren, what they
good morning, maryland. now don scott, marty bass, breaking news with mary bubala, your first warning weather and wjz traffic control with sharon gibala. it's wjz, maryland's news station. >> it's friday! >> good morning, everybody. it is a good thing it is friday. a humid start to our day. some rain passed through overnight. some of the ground is still saturated. eyewitness news has weather and traffic together. we are also following breaking news. a helicopter crash in maryland. sharon will have more